mCORPORATED BY ACT OF CONGRESS,
March 30, 1867,
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BY ACT OF CONGRESS,
MARQH 30TH. 1867.
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The loyal people of the United States of all clas-s-
es, without distinction as to raee or color, fteling an
admiration and gratitude for the patriotism, servi-
ces, and noble character of Abraham Lincoln*
late President of the United Stiites, who fell a mar-
tyr to the cause of Liberty and Humanity, have for
some time been desirous of expressing their appre-
ciation of his noble services and sublime character
in a manner worthy of the American name, and
which would commemorate in the most fitting way
the great charter of Emancipation and Liberty in
our land. In order to make ejftectual such a desire,
Congress passed a law, which was approved by the
President, incorporating the *' National Lincoln
Monument Association," whose duty it should
be under a proper organization, with rules and reg-
ulations, to proceed to collect funds and make all
necessary plans and arrangements to erect a suit-
able monument to that great and good man,
somewhere within the public grounds in the ( 'ity of
Let the monument we propose to rear in the cap-
ital of this great and redeemed nation go up under
the care of all our people, and by the contrib\itioiis
Let all who are happier, wiser, or more secure in
person or property in consequence ©f the virtue and
patriotism of Abraham Lincoln, contribute to his
memory ; let each give something to commemorate
the devotion to Country and Liberty that inspired
the great soul of our Martyred President, and caus-
ed him to live and act for his country and the noblest
ends and highest good of humanity.
Let the citizen Avhose earnest co-operation at home
gave strength to our cause ; the soldier and sailor
who fought on land and sea to uphold " the dear
old flag " during our great conflict, now happily
closed ; the freedman whose chains have fallen in
part through the instrumentality of the great and
good man whose virtues we in this manner pro-
pose to commemorate — let each and all do them-
selves the honor to contribute something to this no-
ble object, s© that when the work shall be complet-
ed it shall be eminently national, and a source of
pride and glory to our country and an honor to all
our people. And, let the work be promptly done.
JAMES HARLAN, President.
J. M. Edmunds, Secretary.
JOHN F. DRIGGS, Vice President.
F. E. SPINNER, Treasurer.
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FRANCIS THOMAS, I SIDNEY PERHAM,
MATTHEW SIMPSON, \ SAMUEL SIIELLABARGER,
ALEXANDER W. RANDALL,
BURT VAN HORN,
NATHANIEL G. TAYLOR.
0. 0 HOWARD,
HENRY D. COOKE,
GEORGE H. WILLIAMS.
ARTICLES OF INCORPOKATION.
An Aci to lucorporate the Lincola Moaumont Association.
Be it enacted hy tJie Senate and House of Eepresenta-
fives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
That Alexander W. Randall, James Harlan, Alexander
Ramsey, Nathaniel P. Banks, Sidney Perliam, John Con-
ness, John T. Wilson, Godlove S. Orth, Delos R. Ashley,
Halbert E, Paine, Charles O'Neill, Burt Van Horn, John
F. Driggs, Frederick E. Woodbridge, Jacob Benton, John
Hill, vShelby M. Cullom, Thomas A. Jenckes, Orin S. Fer-
ry, N. B. Smithers, Francis Thomas, Samuel McKee, Hor-
ace Maynard, John F. Benjarxin, Rufus Mallory, Sidney
Clarke, Daniel Polsley, Walter A. Burleigh, John TafFe,
and their successors, are constituted a body corporate in
the District of Columbia, by the name of the Lincoln Mon-
ument Association, for the purpose of erecting a monu-
ment in the City of Washington, commemorative of the
great character of emancipation and universal liberty in
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the persons
named in the first section of this act shall be the first trus.
tees of the corporation, and shall have power to fill vacan-
cies in their number, and to add to their number, not ex-
ceeding one from each State in the Union.
Sec. 3. And be itfurtJier enacted, That said corpora-
tion shall have power to own and control such property as
may be necessary for the carrying out of the objects of the
Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That said corpora-
tion shall have power to collect money, and to make such
rules and regulations as they may deem necessary or expe-
Sec. 5. And be it fnrther enacted, That aaid corpora.-
tion shall have power to appoint a president, a vice presi-
deut,. a secretary, a trea;^arer, and also a board of mana-
gers, consisting of not less than seven nor more than thir-
t-ecn, who shall have a general control of the affairs of the
association, and who may be selected from persons not in-
cluded in the list of corporators. The treasurer shall ex-
ecute a bond in such penalty as may be required, condi-
tioned for the safe-keeping of the funds of the corporation
which may come into his hands, and for the faithful dis-
charge of the duties reqtiired of him.
S«o. 6. And be if farther enacted. That the property
of said corporation held or occupied by them for the uses
and purposes of their incorpoi-ation, shall be exempt from
all taxes to be levied under the authority of the United
States or of any mnnieipfil corporation within the District
Skc. 7. And be it further maded. That Congress may
at any time hereafter repeal, alter, or amend this act.
Approved March 30, 1807.
Hissirra'B ®i? ®Dai^®saT®B3>
At a meeting of the coi*porators named in the fore-
going Act, held }>>' the room of the Senate Com-
mittee on the District of Cohimbia, Washington.
D. C, on the BOth day of March, A. D., 1867, at
10 o'clock, A. M., Hon. Sidney Pekham, of Maine,
was called to the chair, and Hon. Bukt Van Horn,
of New- York, was appointed Secretary.
On motion a committee of five was appointed to
present a plan of organization. The following geU'
tlemen wore named as such committee :
Hon. JoiTN F. Dkiggs, of Michigan,
" Jacob Benton, of New Hampshire,
" Walter A. Bui?Li:[rrH, of Dacota,
" James Haklan, of loua,
" Sidney Per ham,' of Maine.
The Association then adjourned, to meet again on
the evening of the same day to hear and consider
the report of the committee.
The Association assembled in pursuance of ad-
journment, at 7 o'clock P. M.» on the day above
The committee recomineiideii the follo^ving nam^
ed gentlemen for officers of the Association :
For Fremlent — Hon. Jami^s Harlan, of Iowa.
For Vice Preddent — Hon. John F. Drig<3^9, of
For SeGretarij — Hon. Ja3IE3 M. Edmunds, of
District of Columbia.
For Treasurer — Hon. Francis E. Spiknek, of
District of Columbia.
8 NATIONAL LINCOLN
PIt>u. FiiANCLs Thomas, of Maryland.
" Sidney Perham, of Maine.
" Henky D. Cooke, of D. C.
Rev\ Matthew Simpson, of Peiin.
Hon. Rkjiiakd Yates, of Illinois.
" Alex. W. Randall, of D. C.
" Bukt Van Hokn, of New- York.
" Schuyler Coleax, of Indiana.
" Nathaniel G. Taylor, of Teim.
" Frederick Douglass, of New-York.
Maj. Gen. O. O. Howard, of Maine.
Hon. Samuel Shellabaroer, of Ohio.
" John C'onness, of California.
" Geo. H. Williams, of Oregon.
The report of the committee ^\■^3 accepted and
adopted by vote of the Association.
On motion the following By-Laws were adopted :
, 1. The annual meeting of this Association shall be on
the second Wednesday of January in each year, in the city
of Washington, I). C, at wliich time the Board of Mana-
gers; by the Treasurer and Secretary, shall submit a full
report of receipts and expenditures, and of all their action
in behalf of said Association ; and, at such annual meet-
ing, the election of officers for the ensuing year shall take
place. Special meetings of the Association shall be call-
ed ])y the President, whenever required by five or more of
the Managers. "*
2. It shall be the duty of the Secretary and Treasurer
of this Association to perform all duties pertaining to their
places respectively, under the direction of the Board of
3. The Treasurer shall be required to give bonds to the
Association for the safe-keeping and faithful delivery of all
funds which shall come into his hands as such officer, as
fi'om time to time directed, which bond, when approved by
the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the District of
Columbia, shall be deposited with the President of the As-
4. It shall be, and is made the duty of the Managers,
to take all necessary and proper steps to raise money for
the objects of the Association, and attend to the general
management of its affairs.
The following resolutions were also adopted by
Resolved, That each Post Master be constituted an agent
to solicit and receive such donations as the friends of the
late President Lincoln may be willing to contribute, and
to forward the same to the Treasurer, at the same time no-
tifying the Secretary by letter of the amount so transmitted.
Resolved, That all officers of the Government — civil,
military and naval — be, and they are hereby requested to
make a donation to aid in the erection of the proposed
monument, and to forward the same to the Treasurer di-
rect, or through some Post Master, taking his receipt there-
for, which receipt should be forwarded to the Secretary at
Washington, D. C.
Resolved, That the Board of Managers is hereby author-
ized to fix the salary of the Secretary, l)ut no other officer
of the Association shall i-eceive compensation other than
for actual expenses incurred in the execution of his duties.
Resolved, That the Secretary be directed to procure for
this Association a suitable seal, which shall be used upon
all official papers of the Corporation, and shall bear upon
it the following words : •* National Lincoln Monument As-
sociation, Washington, D. C. ''
Resolved, That the first meeting of the Board of Mana-
gers be called by the President of this Association, when
in his judgment a meeting should be held, and that at all
meetings of said Board five members may constitute a quo-
rum for business.
Resolved, That the Secretary of this meeting cause to be
published the act of incorporation, and so much of the
proceedings of this Association as may be necessary to
place its objects and the fixct of its organization before the
country, and to request all loyal papers to publish the same.
On motion the Association adjourned.
JAMEB HARLAN, President.
Burt Van Horn, Secretary pro. tern.
10 MONUMENT ASSOCIATION.
MEETING OF THE BOARD OF MANAGERS.
Pursuant to the call of the Presideut, the Board
of Managers assembled on tlie 13th day of July,
1867, at the rooms of the Senate Committee on the
District of Columbia, and upon being called to or-
der the following resolutions were adopted :
ResoUed, That an appeal to the people of the United
States be made for funds to carry out the objects of the
Association ; that such appeal be accompanied with a print-
ed copy of the Act of Incorporation, and a full statement
of the proceedings of the Association ; and that the Sec-
retary be directed to cause a copy of the same to be placed
in the hands of each Post Master, Revenue Officer, Pen-
sion Agent, Member of Congress, United States Senator,
the President of each National Bank, the officers of each
Union League, the officers of each Post of the Grand Army
of the Republic, each Head of Department of the Nation-
al Government, the Mayor of each City and Chief officer
of each Incorporated Town, each officer of the Army and
Navy and of the Freedman's Bureau, and of such other
Organizations or Associations as will act as agents to so-
licit, receive and forward donations in aid of the objects
of tlie Association.
Resolved, That application be made for an ai3propriation
of captured Ordnance from which to construct the bronze
figures to be used in the construction of the monument.
Resolved, That the Washington City I^ncoln Monument
Association be requested to unite its funds with those of
this Association, and that the President commimicate this
resolution to said Association.
Resolved, That agents, individuals and associations, on
the receipt of these proceediegs and the address of the Of-
ficers and Managers accompanying the same, be requested
to act with promptness and energy in soliciting subscrip-
tions, and to forward the sums collected on the first of each
succeeding month, imtil and including the month of Jan-
uary, 1868, when a full report of receipts will be published.
Resolved, That we appeal to the loyal newspapers of the
country to lay before its millions of readers the proceed-
ings of this Association, and to aid with its powerful voice
the undertaking we have entered upon.
NATIONAL LINCOLN il
1. That eacli person receiving a copy of this ad-
dress and accompanying proceedings, will promptly
endeavor to collect and forward a specific sum, be
it $0, 810, $20, $50 or $100 or more, according to
the facilities he may have and the number and abil-
ity of the persons he can readily apply to.
2. That the sums so collected be forwarded by
Postal or other draft on the first of each month to
Hon. Francls E. Spinner, Treasurer of National
Lincoln Monument Association, Washington, D.
€. A duplicate receipt or letter stating the amount
so forwarded should be sent to the Secretar]^of said
#. Let the subscriptions be taken on the blank
leaves herewith, each marked paid, the books care-
fully preserved and forwarded to be bound in v©l-
umes and deposited in the monument w^hen com-
4. Every person holding a 6Tibscription book is
requested to report to the Secretary on the first of
January, 1868, his aggregate collections to that date,
5. Only those are constituted agents who present
the regular subscription books of the Association,
of which this is one, and all of which are alike.
6. The officers of organized bodies or a.ssociations
to whom subscription books may be sent, are re-
quested to designate proper persons to solicit sub-
scriptions to be returned as the eontribution of such
7. Eacli subscription book will be verified by the
signature of the President and Secretary.
12 MONUMENT ASSOCIATION.
E*--^4^/ru.^ LSiz n I » 7- pr- ~1i^jfT
Oj-tio^Natioxal LixcoLX Monument Association,
If^ Washinqtoh, D. C, September 23, 1867.
Wc hereby certify that the foregoing is a true
copy of the Act of Congress iiicorporatmg this ^-
sociation, and of the proceedings of the Association
and Board of Managers of the same.
JAMES HAKLAN, Pre^dent.
J. M. Edmuni>s, Secretary.
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